We here at the Lexicon are working overtime to
add all the new facts into the pages of the site. In the meantime, this
page will serve as a place for us to post some of the more intriguing new
bits of information we and many of you have noticed.
new Minister of Magic - Rufus
Scrimgeour, almost certainly the Scrimgeour mentioned in OP as asking pointed
questions of Tonks and Kingsley about Sirius Black. According to HBP, he
was head of the Aurors, so it makes sense.
We get to see how the Prime
Minister is notified of things. Since this book takes place in 1996, the
Prime Minister would be John Major. The President of a far off country
might or might not be the U.S. president. Incidentally, the US President
at that time was Bill Clinton.
spelling error in chapter 3?
"The misty fug his breath had left on the window..." Should that be 'fog'
or not? The word 'fug' is actually an informal British term meaning an
airless, smoky, smelly atmosphere. Doesn't seem to fit, really.
Definite spelling error in chapter
1, on page 10, end of the 8th line: the word should be 'sight' but it's
No, the Rupert thing isn't a
spelling error, it's supposed to be a bit of a joke, as if Slughorn can't
remember Ron's name.
Ron and Lavender Brown
Ron and Hermione
Ginny and Dean Thomas
Ginny and Harry
Hagrid and Olympe
Lupin and Tonks
Bill and Fleur (cute line: "I
am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk!")
Filch and Pince (now there's a pleasant pair)
Hannah Abbott's mom
Gibbon the Death Eater
and then there's that other one
Harry inherits everything Black owned, including
number twelve Grimmauld Place--and Kreacher
Neville's grandmother's name
is Augusta Longbottom, and she brags about him in the paper!
The whole Gaunt family...look what Slytherin's family line came to...
Horcruxes are key,
apparently made six of them (not counting the bit left inside of him)
special note about the locket - traced to a hidden
cavern, guarded at the center of an underground lake by Inferi, but it
was actually a dummy placed by a mysterious "R.A.B." - SVA's guess is
that Harry will have to shake down Mundungus for that one.
(MLW's guess is that Kreacher should not be forgotten.)
The Marauders are referred to
specifically by that name by Harry. So it's official now and I can finally
call them that in the Lexicon! Yay!
Voldemort was born on New Year's
Eve in a Muggle orphanage, although it's not absolutely clear if the birth
happened before midnight...still ambiguous, that one.
Contradictory text: Dumbledore
becomes Headmaster of Hogwarts ten years after the murder of the Riddles,
which would be approximately 1955. That tallies with McGonagall becoming
the Transfiguration teacher in 1956, as we are told in OP. However, this
passage in PA18 is now an error, since it makes no sense:
"Before the Wolfsbane Potion
was discovered, however, I became a fully fledged monster once a month.
It seemed impossible that I would be able to come to Hogwarts. Other parents
weren't likely to want their children exposed to me.
Lupin wasn't born until about
1960, so his parents wouldn't be considering ways for him to attend Hogwarts
until at least the mid-60s, possible later. It doesn't make sense to say
that "then Dumbledore became Headmaster..." when he'd been that for a decade
already. Lupin actually starts Hogwarts in approximately 1971.
"But then Dumbledore became
Headmaster, and he was sympathetic. He said that as long as we took certain
precautions, there was no reason I shouldn't come to school...."
new teacher: Horace Slughorn,
who teaches Potions when Snape takes over Defense Against the Dark Arts,
is a 'good' Slytherin. Devious and selfish, sure, but not evil. He was
head of Slytherin house in his day and takes that position when Snape leaves.
Contradictory text again: In
Goblet, Harry runs up the marble staircase toward the second floor to go
to Dumbledore's office. If he were just going to the top of the stairs,
it would be to the first floor, since that's what's at the top of the stairs
(the entrance hall and great hall are on the ground floor, to clarify for
US readers). In this book, Dumbledore's office entrance is clearly on the
The DADA position was in fact
jinxed by Voldemort when he was turned down for the job. No teacher has
stayed more than one year for 25 years, we are told, although Quirrell
clearly was the DADA teacher for at least two years, more likely three.
Another continuity error, I'm afraid.
UPDATE: Two possible solutions
to this error have been suggested by readers:
Quirrell taught a different
subject before his leave of absence
Quirrell was DADA teacher for
more than one year, but not more than one CONSECUTIVE years.
Neither of these solutions is
perfect, but they could be worked around to provide an "out" for Jo if
she needs one...
Wormtail is staying with Snape
in a house on a street called Spinner's End in a derelict Muggle town.
Is that Snape's home, then? Where he lives during the summers? What a depressing
place...kind of fits with the life that Tobias and Eileen were living,
Dumbledore's favorite flavor
of jam is raspberry
New drinks (and there's a lot
of drinking in this book!)
elf-made wine, bloodred in color
Madam Rosmerta's oak-matured
Arthur calls Molly "Mollywobbles"
when they're alone together (laughed out loud when I read that)
Inferi - animated corpses -
the word is Latin for "the dead" (the plural form of the Latin word 'inferus').
One typically wouldn't refer to the dead in singular and the word inferus
isn't used to mean a dead body (which would be 'cadaver' in Latin). So
Jo invented a singular form, Inferius, to refer to one animated corpse.
We Muggles might refer to them from our folklore as zombies or the undead.
the editor of the Daily Prophet
is Barnabas Cuffe
Dumbledore visits the bathroom
and stays in there awhile, reading the Muggle magazines. "I do love knitting
patterns," he says.
What's with all the spiders?
Snape lives on a street called Spinner's End (chapter two). Aragog
dies (a true spinner's end, in a sense, in chapter twenty-two).
Harry imagines Slughorn as a fat spider. And Dumbledore has spiders all
over his hat in the broomshed when he and Harry are discussing Sirius and
Harry's reactions to events).
Arthur and Molly got married
during the first war (which would be during the 1970s). It would seem from
the way it's mentioned that they eloped in rather a hurry. Just to clarify,
Bill was born on November 29, 1970. Exactly how these dates all fit together
is uncertain, but I'm figuring it means that they eloped in 1968 or so,
while Voldemort was coming to power.
Ginny's nickname for Fleur,
"Phlegm," is going to be a fun one for the translators.
Madam Pince and Filch were standing
together at the funeral. Now isn't that an interesting match...
Grawp is, well, tame. Hagrid
U-NO-POO. I'm with Ron...brillant.
And same goes for everything in Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
Who is R.A.B.? My guess: Regulus
Black. That seems to be everyone else's guess, too. We're all so clever,
So why did Dumbledore trust Snape? A bit of speculation -
Did Snape take an Unbreakable Vow saying he'd never betray Dumbledore?
If so, who was the Bonder? Aberforth, maybe?
And Snape, after more or less
being tricked into vowing to kill Dumbledore, went to the Headmaster and
explained the predicament he was in. One of the two of them had to die,
and Dumbledore quickly realized it would make more sense for it to be him
than Snape. So they planned for Dumbledore to spend the year getting Harry
up to speed while Snape kept Draco under control, then Snape killed Dumbledore.
At the last moment, Snape almost couldn't do it and Dumbledore had to tell
him "Severus, please..." Now Snape has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt
that he is Voldemort's best and most wonderful supporter, and is therefore
in the best possible position to help the side of good.
Or maybe Snape is just really, really evil.